To Horace Mann
122. To HORACE MANN.
Friday noon, June 24, 1743.
I DON'T know what I write—I am all a hurry of thoughts —a battlex—a victory! I dare not yet be glad—I know no particulars of my friends. This instant my Lord has had a messenger from the Duke of Newcastle, who has sent him a copy of Lord Carteret's letter from the field of battle. The King was in all the heat of the fire, and safe—the Duke is wounded in the calf of the leg, but slightly; Due d'Aremberg in the breast; General Clayton and Colonel Piers2 are the only officers of note said to be killed—here is all my trust! The French passed the Mayne that morning with twenty-five thousand men, and are driven back. We have lost two thousand, and they four—several of their general officers, and of the Maison du Roys, are taken prisoners: the battle lasted from ten in the morning till four. The Hanoverians behaved admirably. The Imperialists4 were the aggressors; in short, in all public views, it is all that could be wished—the King in the action, and his son wounded—the Hanoverians behaving well—the French beaten: what obloquy will not all this wipe off ? Triumph, and write it to Eome! I don't know what our numbers were; I believe about thirty thousand, for there were twelve thousand Hessians and Hanoverians who had not joined them. O ! in my hurry, I had forgot the place—you must talk of the battle of Dettingen!
After dinner. My child, I am calling together all my thoughts, and rejoice in this victory as much as I dare ; for in the raptures of conquest, how dare I think that my Lord
LETTEB 122.—l The Battle of Dettingen, June 16 (O.S.), 17*3, 2 Of the Welsh Fusiliers.
3 The French Household Cavalry. One of their standards was captured. * The Bavarians. Walpole.